This week, we have a guest blog from Lapland,husky guide, Martin Saravin. This two part blog describes the work and preparation needed by both the trainers and huskies at the farm in Lapland in preparation for winter.
“I arrived at the farm 4 months ago, yet it only seems like a couple of weeks! Having spent last season working for a racing kennel in Germany I have returned, excited to be back and to train the dogs on the farm for this upcoming season.
There are quite a few dogs on the farm, from the most loveable and fabled dog, Roy, the Pyrenean Mastiff – 75kg of pure fluff and love – always wanting attention for cuddles, to the huskies that can’t wait to get out and train everyday with their loud barks of excitement and wagging tails –they certainly can’t wait for the season to start to keep them busy!
|Roy - a big ball of fluff!
||The Malamutes enjoying their retirement!
We also welcomed some retired Malamutes this summer to the farm, where they can enjoy their retirement with plenty of love and pats from trainers and guests this season – although I think Roy is not keen on sharing all of the attention!
One of the main changes that I am personally instigating is the training of the dogs before the season begins. This includes numerous management and building changes to the farm such as building a running fence where we can do obedience training and socialise the dogs, and mainly, to allow the huskies to run freely every day. Once all the paperwork, building and management aspects were organised we have been busy training the dogs in time for the season.
Training dogs is a long, patient process with each dog taking 15-20 minutes to train each day, this means having to split the dogs into two groups. With the use of a running fence we are able, within a few weeks, to have 10 dogs running together without any problems which is great! With the young dogs, we introduce ‘pulling’ quite soon, albeit slowly at first to let them get used to the feeling, depending on the individual, anywhere between 5 to 10 months are they then able to be put into teams and begin running in the running fence.
When the days are hot we leave the huskies and concentrate on maintenance work. Not just on the kennels but also building and repairing the cabins for the upcoming clients to keep warm on the cold winter days here in Lapland this November and December.”
|The huskies enjoy training in the summer
||The huskies relaxing after training
Fancy mushing your own team of huskies trained by Martin and his team? Both Transun’s Northern Lights and Santa breaks includes the chance to experience a husky safari. Lapland with its stunning snowscapes provides a stunning backdrop to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.